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End of an era

April 17, 2008 - Jeff Fishbein
Bill Scott has resigned as Selinsgrove's football coach. In his 36 years at the helm of my alma mater's team, he accumulated 267 wins, 14 league titles and nine District 4 titles. The Seals have been to the PIAA Class AAA quarterfinals six times under his leadership.

As my gym teacher so many years ago, I thought Scott was a bit of a jerk. Still, you couldn't help but admire his success on the gridiron, and in adulthood, I've come to respect the man for his willingness to stand up for what he believes in, regardless of where the chips may fall.

Scott came back to the sideline in 2007 after suffering severe medical problems over the summer. What happened off the field is known only by a few — and quite honestly, is no one's business but his — but it apparently caused a bit of friction among the staff. All of his assistants tendered resignations a week ago, saying they would only coach if Scott was gone.

I admit I'm shocked he didn't tell them to jump off a cliff and stay — perhaps he's not as arrogant as I once thought. Or perhaps, as has been the case all along, he knows there's no "I" in team, and he did what was best for the organization, not for himself.

I wish him well.

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